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India Admits 'Most Wanted' Fugitive Not in Pakistan


Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, left, watches Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, right, in Islamabad, Pakistan (File Photo - June 26, 2010)

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, left, watches Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, right, in Islamabad, Pakistan (File Photo - June 26, 2010)

India is apologizing after telling Pakistan to hand over a suspected terrorist who had been living in India all along.

Indian officials said Wednesday that Wazhul Khan has been living with his family in Mumbai's Thane district and is free on bail following his arrest in May of last year.

India listed Khan as number 41 on a list of the 50 most wanted criminals allegedly hiding in Pakistan. That list was presented to Pakistan earlier this year. Indian officials accuse Khan of taking part in a series bombings in India.

The list became public last week, and includes the names of terrorist leaders as well as Pakistani Army officers.

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters Wednesday that India takes responsibility for the "mistake." He blamed a communications lapse between the Central Bureau of Intelligence and Mumbai police.

Khan's name has since been taken off the list.

India first presented the list of most wanted criminals to Pakistan in March.

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed - considered by India to be one of the masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack - is number one on the list.

Crime boss Dawood Ibrahim also made the list. India claims Ibrahim has been living in Pakistan, an allegation Pakistan has repeatedly denied.

The list's public release came just days after U.S. special forces entered Pakistan and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Indian and Pakistan have gone to war three times since 1947. India suspended peace talks following the Mumbai attacks, but the two nuclear powers have since taken some tentative steps to revive the peace process.

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